The Dallas Mavericks are climbing up the standings. Superstar Luka Doncic has led them to victory in three straight and four of the last five. The Mavs are starting to resemble the force fans expected them to be this season.
They were back in action on Feb. 12 against the New Orleans Pelicans. Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram had led them to victory in four of their last five. Fans were expecting a shootout at the American Airlines Center.
They got their wish as Doncic had a historic performance in the win. Here is a closer look at the superstar’s game including all the highlights.
Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic nets 17 in first half versus Pelicans
Kristaps Porzingis started the game hot on Friday night. He nailed four 3-pointers in the opening quarter and had 15 points. Luka drove and found him on a beautiful triple early on.
Coach Rick Carlisle stuck with giving Doncic a short rest in the middle of the quarter. The Mavs were up by three when he went to the bench, but fell behind by three by the time he returned. Luka had two points, one rebound, three assists, one steal, and one block in the first quarter as Dallas trailed by seven.
The Mavericks superstar got hot in the second quarter. He scored 11 points in the first five minutes by nailing shots all over the court.
Dallas grabbed the lead with Doncic on the bench. He returned with 3:45 left in the half and went right to work. The Mavs expanded their lead to four on a KP buzzer-beating three. Luka produced 17 points, four rebounds, and seven assists in the first 24 minutes.
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